Greetland All Rounders under 12s kicked off their first ever Yorkshire League campaign with an encouraging 18-12 success over New Earswick All Blacks
Greetland started the first half playing up the slope and into a deceptively strong wind. Matters were made even more difficult when the ball was spilled from the kick-off giving New Earswick an early attacking platform which was repelled by positive tacking from Oliver Wilson, George Standring and skipper Jude Corcos.
Mistakes from Greetland were a feature throughout the match and, despite some strong drives out of their own ‘25’, the pressure from the visitors told and they scored a smart try in the corner.
Greetland’s response from the restart was positive from Callum Pilling’s brave dive onto the loose ball all the way through to Lyndon Sutcliffe smashing over for a try in the left corner.
This spurred Greetland into a more positive approach and good drives from Mackenzie Bradwell, Jack Froggett and Myles Sugden helped them take play deep into the opposition half. James Crabtree saw an opportunity to scoot from acting half and this very nearly resulted in more points for Greetland while a strong drive and off-load by Mackenzie Bradwell pinned New Earswick deep into their own half.
Adam Hussain was directing play from stand-off and fed Jude Corcus who showed his qualities with a drop of the shoulder and burst of pace to beat the defence and score a fantastic try from 30 metres, converted by Mackenzie Bradwell on a difficult day for kicking.
Despite this period of dominance, Greetland’s habit of forcing the pass and dropping balls gave New Earswick a further opportunity which they gratefully accepted by scoring a try just before half-time.
Any thoughts Greetland had about the wind and slope helping them in the second half were dispelled by their continued errors, forcing play when a more basic approach was needed. New Earswick took advantage of the home side’s errors and scored another try to take a narrow lead.
Milo Robinson and Luke Sadler became more involved on the left side of attack and Greetland had a number of players who were leading a great defensive effort, with James Crabtree, Jude Corcus and Oliver to the fore.
However, none typified the efforts more than George Standring who, despite weighing in with a great tackle count, also found the energy to pursue a speedy break from a New Earswick winger and put in a try, and possibly match, saving tackle.
Greetland had to force the game out of their own half and the line-break of the match was made by Jack Froggat who showed power and pace to go the full distance and score an early contender for try of the season.
This put Greetland back in front and, following a superb drive from Lyndon Sutcliffe aided by Alex Oldroyd running from acting half, play was taken deep into the New Earswick half and Callum Pilling saw an opportunity to use his pace to outflank the defence on the blind side for the final score of the match.